Potentials of narrow gauge railways in Danube region

  • Project idea information


    Environment and culture responsible Danube region

    Project Idea Promoter
    (name of the institution)

    Institute of Technology and Business in České Budějovice

    Needs and challenges
    (Needs, main problems or challenges to be addressed)

    Danube region is one of most densely covered by a network of narrow-gauge railways (or their remains) in Europe. Their use is various (from the original functions, through the museum railways, conversion to cycling routes, to non-use and complete destruction). As linear structures, the bodies of narrow-gauge lines have the potential for completely new uses. However, there is no platform that summarizes the possibilities of using narrow gauge railways and presents new knowledge and potentials.

    (main and specific objectives to be achieved)

    The main goal is to study and select the potentials of narrow gauge railways, usable for authorities, non-profit organizations and private owners, including the identification and multi-criteria assessment of environmental risks, social, economic and other aspects

    Main results and core outputs

    Main expected result is creation of overview of measures for sustainable development of narrow-gauge railways in Danube region:
    1) analysis of current situation
    2) pasportisation of current solutions
    3) recommendations for new solutions including an overview of possible project financing

    Main foreseen activities

    Conferences, summer schools, round tables with the involvement of business partners, non-profit organisations and government

    Innovative character of the project idea

    Distribution of knowledge about possibilities and challenges

    Estimated Total Budget
    (in EUR)


    Estimated duration
    (in months)


  • Partners involved at this stage

    ERDF Partners

    not yet

    IPA Partners

    not yet

    Associated Strategic Partners

    not yet

  • Partners requested

    ERDF Partners

    Any partner from Danube region

    IPA Partners

    Any partner from Danube region

    Associated Strategic Partners

    Any partner from Danube region

  • Contact Person


    Jan Pečman


    Okružní 517/10, České Budějovice 37001


    Czech Republic

    Telephone number

    E-mail address

    Is the applicant the project's potential Lead Partner?

    If not, is the potential Lead Partner already being chosen?

Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)